NEWS:  Absentee ballots (one for each Party) available JULY 24th...
August 14th Party Primaries -
  http://portal.ct.gov/-/media/sots/ElectionServices/Calendars/2018_Election/2018-Calendar-searchable-pdf.pdf?la=en
Democrat Primary Ballot in Weston;  Republican Primary Ballot in Weston - you can only vote for one candidate per office (per Party that you are registered in)


Special Town Meeting takes 18 minutes. 
That was a short meeting, standing room only that said "YES" to the Lachat Lease/sublease.





LINKS:  WE ATTEND ALL BOARD OF SELECTMEN AND BOARD OF FINANCE MEETINGS
TOWN OF WESTON WEBSITE (all meetings listed here).
Board of Selectmen - regular and special meeting reports, by About Weston.

Board of Finance regular and special meeting reports, by About Weston.  LINK to Finance Board meetings during the budget process - FY'19.

Planning & Zoning Commission (Link is to all P&Z's minutes) - we do not attend these meetings in person




Updating the Town Plan of Conservation and Development 2010 is an item on the P&Z agenda. 

BUT WE DO KEEP OUR EYE ON HARTFORD



C T    L E G I S L A T U R E

And in the Legislature, a big victory for those opposing tolls..
Mayor Ganim, Democrat Candidate for Governor, wants his own casino - all you need to know, perhaps?  And in time for the World Series perhaps...how about this from the U.S. Supreme Court



EXTRA RESEARCH SOURCES

LINK to Special Town Meetings through the years,
YouTube link to First Selectman interview for "About Town"
What is on the public's mind, 2018?  SPEAK UP topics covered
Watch it in its entirety - direct Speak Up YouTube link here.


Are you confused about what is going on in Weston (please, only Weston CT)?  Ask us!


Let's face it.  Since the original Weston FORUM, owned and run by a Weston resident, was sold to the Acorn Press in the early 1990's, coverage has not been the same. 

When the FORUM began in @1967 until 1990, there was a reporter for every major Board and Commission. and a wonderful "feature" writer who could cover hard news in a pinch. 

And the revered editor/publisher covered the Board of Selectmen,  many thought, directing them from the last row in the Town Hall Meeting Room!!!  In fact, when she sold her newspaper to Acorn Press, the 18 yr Town Administrator put in his resignation shortly thereafter.



 

My question is what are we teaching the children by playing the system?  Answer:  Protesting authority works.



2018 A.T.B.M.:  NO QUORUM PRESENT.  CROWD OF 105 HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR (92) BUT STILL SHORT OF THE QUORUM OF 130.
Too bad we didn't have a quorum (there actually were people there - this picture taken to emphasize empty chairs) - I think someone is missing up front???





WATCH ON YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=d5fct4B9-ek


WARNING:  We're pretty sure we're correct about the underlying meaning of the 15 questions below - but we think we also may have missed at least one other.



BIG WINNER - WESTON FORUM (AKA "ASPETUCK NEWS") WITH TERRIFIC STORY ON SPEAK UP

Dog park issue brought out new faces?  The polite crowd got into it, and seemed glad to have the opportunity to address those on stage!  And while they were there, they enjoyed actually "Speaking Up" on other things, too!!!


"SPEAK UP" FROM THE LWV OF WESTON - ABOUT TOWN TOOK STILL SHOTS OF ALMOST ALL WHO ASKED QUESTIONS
Were you thinking that the lack of a Weston FORUM with not "just Weston news" might affect the turnout negatively?  Nope.  This year (the 27th consecutive such event) saw the largest crowd and highest number of officials since 2002, post-9-11.   Or the very first ever, held at East House Cafeteria in 1992...

This is what was asked in the 90 minutes of "Speak Up!" (based upon the record established from photographs we took):

What were some high points?
I always enjoy watching Westonites go toe to toe with their government. 
Such as on the matter of the Virtual Net Metering contract.  Or decrying pitting special needs against regular ed.  Below my favorite:



THIS QUESTION BROUGHT UP THE ISSUE OF UNFUNDED MANDATES
The "BINGO!" moment when Chairman of Finance Board made the most of his opportunity to ask a question!!!  "Since we have all three legislators here..."  - what did they think the upcoming Session would bring?


RELATED TO DOG PARK SORT OF...WHAT IF P&Z GIVES A POSITIVE "8-24" - THEN WHAT?  NO SPECIAL TOWN MEETING/REFERENDUM REQUIRED...
Town owned land may be exempt from zoning, but not this procedural step!  This was the point where, if memory serves, we got into the procedural weeds (please read the C.G.S. section above right) about what "8-24" is, and is not.



All three Legislators responded in three different ways!  Sustainability was next up...
What about the solar farm?  What about "Virtual net metering?"  Answers.  New online "newspaper" person and her photographer (who is not shown here) in the rear...in next to last photo in this line.

Westonites care about their Town Plan...

      
Always a good sport, the P&Z Chairman stood up so all could see him
He gamely answered the first Town Plan question.   The bottom line being that they were in the beginning phase, end date 12/19 for the new Plan.  Next to last question asked (above, right) on land use, too.

Questions ("answers" on the video now available)

  1. The event began with first question on Town Plan "what's up?"
  2. Next was "Sustainability:  What's up?" 
  3. And then the Board of Finance Chair. asked the Legislators sitting next to him on the stage what we should be looking out for in the upcoming Session, which begins next week.  
  4. Fourth question was from opposed to the dog park regarding traffic safety which the Police Commission will deal with if asked.
  5. Back to State matters for question five.  
  6. National tax reform entered the discussion as question six.  
  7. Seven was "did you check out the record of the solar farm company?"  Which got answers from two folks so we counted it as two questions. 
  8. Number 8 was a searching one about what the Town knew about the company in charge of the virtual net metering arrangement we had just formalized. 
  9. Question 9 was a statement about the value of animals in formal and informal settings. 
  10. Question 10 was engagement with the subject of special needs children in educational settings...
  11. as was question 11.  
  12. Next must have been related to the procedures to be followed re:  Dog Park application (to just be received with no comments on substance of the 8-24).  Which prompted more discussion onstage about the 8-24 process and Special Town Meeting necessity if a "positive" 8-24 is given. 
  13. Perhaps there was another question re:  Dog Park.  
  14. Back to the Town Plan for #14
  15. And then a final (#15) question about need for new and/or more C.G.A. legislation against pesticides.   

Speak Up 2018 is over. 
Let's see how things go this year - during the Budget Process and the various other activities of government as relates to what items were hot at Speak Up...






It appears to us that the Town is trying get out news - "HOT NEWS"  or tips - via the website...